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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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January 20, 2014 - Expectations

By Greg Ebie

Jesus was going to Jerusalem and stopped in Jericho at the home of Zacchaeus. The anticipation of the crowd was intense. What would Jesus do when He got to Jerusalem? His miracles and teaching had caught the attention of multitudes across the region.

Many wondered if Jesus was the Messiah, only their perception of the Messiah was of a deliverer who would remove the Romans and usher in a new kingdom of Israel. Surely now was the time for Jesus to establish that kingdom.

"While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once. He said: 'A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return'" (Luke 19:11,12, NIV).

Now stop and read what Jesus said again, only this time with the anticipation of the crowd that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem in order to cause the Kingdom to be miraculously established. The last thing you would expect Jesus to say is that a nobleman had to travel to a distant country to be made king. Jesus doesn't need to go to Rome or any other distant place to become Israel's king. This will all happen in Jerusalem right?

Things certainly did not turn out like the people, and even the disciples, expected them to in Jerusalem. Instead of the miraculous appearance of the Kingdom, Jesus was betrayed, falsely convicted, and crucified.

But we know the story doesn't end there. Jesus was raised from the dead and after 40 days of being with His disciples Jesus ascended into heaven. I think heaven would qualify as "a distant country." Peter would later tell the crowd gathered in Jerusalem that "God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ" (Acts 2:36).

Jesus has been exalted as King of kings and Lord of lords. He is seated upon His throne in heaven. But one day, just as Jesus said, He will return.

Are you ready?

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Life Church (Assemblies of God) in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.

 

 

 

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